There was an item on BBC Breakfast this morning on the subject of the shortage of primary school places. Did the reporter actually say that there were 450 pupils in the school and that there was not enough room in the staff room for the 60 teachers? Try looking at this school's web site. There are "approximately 409" pupils and 42 named staff members. What I noted also was that they had 1 named cover teacher and no HLTAs though on the home page there was a reference to specialist staff and an ex sports coach. Teachers or instructors? So my question is - How can 1 cover teacher provide all the necessary PPA teaching for the entire school or does much of that PPA teaching get done by instructors or TAs? Of course there could be another answer. Some of you may be aware that last year I carried out a survey of primary schools on their use of support staff during PPA time with the conclusion that 60% of children did not receive the services of a qualified teacher for all of their time in school. Manchester was one of the Authorities that I sent the survey to. Of the 121 schools that had the survey sent to them only 10 responded. Guess what - the school named on TV this morning was not one of those 10.